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troublemag | July 22, 2017

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Listing State SA

Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art

55 North Terrace Adelaide 5000

Samstag Museum will be closed for installation 10 – 29 June.
Two major exhibitions by South Australian artists open Friday 30 June.

Trent Parke and Narelle Autio: The Summation of Force
Friday 30 June – Friday 1 September 2017

Esteemed South Australian photographers Trent Parke and Narelle Autio are partners in life and have a knack for creating images that, while drawn from the everyday, resonate with alluring depth and drama. They are particularly adept—each in their different way—at telling uniquely Australian stories and bringing alive the beauty and idiosyncrasy of life lived in our own natural and cultural environments.

In their creative collaboration, The Summation of Force, Parke and Autio turn their gaze to the possibilities of filmic narrative, and look to family and sport for subject material.

A multi-channel video work that pitches competitive sport and the mythical power of cricket as a metaphor for life and parenthood, The Summation of Force is no less than a Lynchian suburban dreamscape. It is a paean to collective dreams, youthful determination and the bonds that sporting ambition can create both within families and nations.

The Summation of Force by Trent Parke and Narelle Autio in association with Closer Productions, is presented by the Samstag Museum of Art for the SALA Festival.

Michelle Nikou: aeiou
Friday 30 June – Friday 1 September 2017

In this exhibition of new and recent work, Adelaide-based Samstag Scholar and University of South Australia alumnus Michelle Nikou draws on surrealism to transform mundane domestic objects and materials into sculptures of humour, poignancy and marvel. Her work intentionally blurs and extends the boundaries between fine art and craft, utilising chance, psychological metaphor and juxtaposition to inventively mingle high and low art sources and cultural references with deadpan wit.

A NETS Victoria touring exhibition developed in partnership with Heide Museum of Modern Art, curated by Melissa Keys and Kendrah Morgan. Presented by the Samstag Museum of Art for the SALA Festival and FRAN Festival.


12 Compton Street, Adelaide 5000


Opening – 5:30 PM – Wednesday, 5th July
Artist Talks – 6:00pm
Running – 5th – 22nd July 2017

This installation investigates U.S. spiritual movements of the 70’s through to the 90’s and aims to reflect the paradoxical search for spiritual collectivism as an ironic yet sincere testimonial of human failure. Via the context of contemporary sculpture, Min Wong investigates the visual culture associated with these movements looking at the continuing role of the guru and the devotee. The work acts as a playful platform to examine how American West Coast counterculture and its utopian aspirations relate to the contemporary life. Appropriating yoga equipment, through my Bikram Yoga practice, Min Wong adopts tropes from contemporary self care movements as a basis for sculpture.


Opening – 5:30 PM – Wednesday, 5th July
Artist Talks – 6:00pm
Running – 5th – 22nd July 2017

Continuing an art practice for over 20 years, Armitstead works with experimental installation, video, photo-media, architecture, objects, interactive elements, and sound. His work concentrates on playful interrogation of process and unconventional use of materials. Aesthetically post minimalist, the work is conceptually tied to a metaphysical resonance of object, space and action. In this practice, inspiration comes from lived experiences, observations of society, and recollections of domestic life.


Screening from 8:00pm – Wednesday, 5th July
Running – 5th – 22th July 2017
FELTdark is viewable: Wed – Thur: 6pm – 12am, Fri: 7pm – 12am, Sat: 6pm – 12am

David Greenhalgh’s practice uses public domain archival footage, sounds and music to construct short essay films. By taking fragments of media from dozens of different sources, and arranging them into a narrative, these video works are made to speculate on different social and political futures. In these stories, new sciences and technologies attempt to reshape the human condition (and usually fail). The aim of David’s practice is to extend a hand to the future, through acting as a bricoleur of the past.